‘Mikal Bridges was defensively an animal’: Draymond Green gives Suns custody his due for stopping Steph Curry in Western Conference heavyweight battle
Mikal Bridges took on the unfortunate task of keeping Steph Curry in the Suns’ fight against the Warriors, but he took on the task incredibly well.
The Phoenix Suns extended their best 17-game winning streak in the NBA by fending off the Warriors to a 104-96 victory. The game was amazing from start to finish. There was no shortage of action and the top two teams in the league played like this.
The Phoenix Suns did a lot well against Golden State, but the greatest thing they could do was play stellar defense. They held the much-vaunted Warriors offense, which ranks third in the league in offensive standings and second in points per game under 100 for the first time this season.
– SLAM (@SLAMonline) December 1, 2021
Steph Curry was on fire going into that game, but he had a horrible outing. He finished with just 12 points on a field goal percentage that will have you wondering if it was really Curry who shot that way.
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Draymond Green on Mikal Bridges’ defense against Steph Curry
As you’ve probably heard by now, Curry had the worst filming night of his career shooting at least 20 shots. He shot 4/21 while also shooting 3/14 on three.
There was nothing that could fall for him, something you will rarely hear from Curry. Who was responsible for that horrible night? Well, it was certainly part of Curry not shooting properly, but Mikal Bridges played incredible defense on him.
Just look at this room, where for the first time it looked like Curry was able to get away from Bridges after setting up a screen to force Ayton to turn it on. It looked like Curry had easily made it to the basket afterwards, but Bridges reappeared in the photo to make sure it didn’t.
Mikal Bridges rejects Curry at the edge pic.twitter.com/KWk4gSbD5u
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 1, 2021
Bridges were all over him all night. This play was just one example, but here’s a video that sheds more light on what Bridges was able to do against Curry.
It’s impressive, and it’s something Draymond Green recognized and was ready to thank Bridges for. Green is one of the best defensemen in the league, and when he sees other players playing the same level of defense, he’s not shy about giving players flowers.
“You give Mikal too much credit” but they said stuff like this. pic.twitter.com/0f5xLUQJrk
– (@swaveyquis) December 2, 2021
Warriors vs. Suns part two is tonight as Curry looks to bounce back while Bridges try to keep his defense strong.
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